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Hello from Knoxville Tennessee Zone 6

Post  michellentn on 5/14/2012, 11:39 am

Hello!

I just decided to garden this year and had a 15' x 30' garden tilled from the yard that had not had a garden in 8 years or so.

I had it tilled before I picked up the Square Foot Gardening book or I wouldn't have done it.

anyhow-i am learning so much from the book and browsing topics that people have posted on here and decided to log in after i remembered my password.

Thanks for having such a great group of gardeners and loving the topic on the redworm towers and what people have done with that. So cool.

Looking forward to learning more from all of you. I will be on here and gardening Monday-Thursday as I work 3 12 hour shifts Friday thru Saturday.

Michelle
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Re: Hello from Knoxville Tennessee Zone 6

Post  walshevak on 5/14/2012, 12:51 pm

Michelle. Aren't you glad you picked up the book before planting. When you say tilled, I am assuming you had someone with a nice big rotatiller come over and chew it all up, no you out there digging. (been there, done that on a 12x15 plot) At least the tilling is not wasted. You have a clean slate on which to put your new boxes. A good layer of newspaper and/or cardboard should be enough to kill any lurking weeds under the boxes. Have you built your boxes and how many are you planning to have? Are you going to have to put mole/vole protective wire on the bottoms. What are you planting? Curious folks on this forum get real nosey about gardens.

Seriously, if you have been browsing, I'm sure you have figgered out that we will help with questions, problems, and just general atta girls.

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Re: Hello from Knoxville Tennessee Zone 6

Post  michellentn on 5/14/2012, 4:31 pm

Hello Kay,

yes-I hired someone to till it and I had to stop him from tilling anymore because he kept on tilling more yard. 15' x 30' was more than enough. I made pathways which also made raised beds. I wished I had read the ANSFG book before I started but I did some spacing recommended. I have been browsing on here and reading some good topics and enjoyed the pics posted. Looking forward to hearing more from our region as well.
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Re: Hello from Knoxville Tennessee Zone 6

Post  michellentn on 5/14/2012, 4:39 pm

the only animals that i have to worry about is deer and birds and of course, the usual insects.

i have planted:

5 cukes, 4 eggplants, 3 green peppers, 2 jalapenos, 2 summer squash, 2 zucchinis, 5 romas, 5 better boys, 6 swiss chard, spinach, romaine and bibb, radishes, carrots, onion sets, 2 watermelon, basil, oregano, marigolds, nasturtiums, zinnias, 3 different size sunflowers. Marigolds are the only thing i bought as transplants. everything has sprouted except the bush beans and soybeans which i planted 4 days ago.
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Re: Hello from Knoxville Tennessee Zone 6

Post  JustMe on 5/14/2012, 9:41 pm

Welcome to the board! We've lived in many places, including Farragut. We just visited our old stomping grounds earlier in April and were bowled over by all that is Turkey Creek! (It stopped at CarMax when we left in 2005.)

Although I only did pots of tomatoes and herbs because our lot was super shady, I do miss these two gardening places:

http://www.erinsmeadowherbfarm.com/
in Clinton for herbs and classes

http://www.oakesdaylilies.com/
in Corryton for daylilies

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Re: Hello from Knoxville Tennessee Zone 6

Post  michellentn on 5/15/2012, 1:22 pm

Hello JustMe,

I live about 3 miles from Turkey Creek but I had a garden tilled at my boyfriend's house in Coalfield because he has almost 4 acres. No rabbits or squirrels or cats around. Just some deer and his dog, Molly,

Glad to hear you are familiar with West Knox. Yes-it keeps growing by leaps and bounds.

I plan on going to the Biscuit Festival this weekend and hopefully take my grandson to the Children's Festival of Reading.

Thanks for making me feel welcomed on here. Love reading the various posts and seeing the great gardens growing. Wonderful community!
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